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The Team Advantage

The biggest advantage of partnering with us, is our talented team of real estate experts. Founded on a belief of excellence and innovation we find a “win-win” for our clients in every situation.

As the first real estate team to service Shreveport and Bossier, we have the experience to drive success. From searching for new ways to provide excellent client care to exploring current marketing trends, we get clients to their goal.

Meet Chris Hayes.

Founder / REALTOR®

Chris Hayes

Your real estate goals are our priority.

Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from San Jose State University in 1989. He is an avid reader who enjoys exercising and mentoring new real estate professionals. When not helping clients sell or buy homes, he relaxes by spending time with his incredible family – wife Dana and daughter Brinn.

Team Leader

25+ Years Success

Client Focused

Single Family Home Specialist

Neighborhood Expert

$162,000 Ave. Sell Price

100% Client Satisfaction

2,000+ Transactions

Maintaining a Positive Culture

Keller-Williams Cultural Ambassador

In 2020, Chris Hayes was awarded the title of Keller-Williams Cultural Ambassador. This lifetime appointment is given to select individuals who embrace and champion the Keller-Williams culture. As a Cultural Ambassador, Chris promotes a winning positive culture at home, work, and within the community of Shreveport and Bossier.

Leading the Shreveport & Bossier real estate market.

The Chris Hayes Team

Melinda Owens

Realtor & Executive Assistant

Melinda has been a Realtor since 2013 with Keller Williams NWLA. She joined the Chris Hayes Team in 2015 as their closing coordinator and since then has closed over 300 deals.

Whitney Thomas

Whitney Thomas

Selling Partner

Whitney is a native of Shreveport and mom of three. As a graduate of Caddo Magnet High and University of Louisiana at Monroe, Whitney knows the area well.

Bob Tomlin

Bob Tomlin


Melinda has been a Realtor since 2013 with Keller Williams NWLA. She joined the Chris Hayes Team in 2015 as their closing coordinator and since then has closed over 300 deals.

Jessie Griffin

Jessie Griffin


Jessie Griffin is an accomplished real estate photographer who has been in real estate for over 6 years.

Rockstar Realtor

Emerging Talent

At the Chris Hayes Team, we’re always looking for talented individuals to grow with our team.

History of success.

Our Journey

Real Estate License

It all started in 1992 when Chris received his Real Estate license in California. He became fascinated with real estate after purchasing his first investment property. He was rookie of the year for his first brokerage!

Return to Shreveport

Chris Hayes moved back to Shreveport/Bossier City. He essentially started over from scratch, but remarkably ended up being rookie of the year again at his new brokerage!

Growing a Team

Chris’ production continued to grow quickly and in order to provide a “white-glove” level service to clients, he hires his sister Vicki to administer back office functions.

The Team

The concept of the ‘Real Estate Team’ was introduced by Chris to the area. Chris’s marketing was generating more clients than he could handle by himself so he sought other agents to assist in finding home for these buyers.

100 Homes

This is the 1st year Chris sells over 100 homes in a single calendar year. This is a breakthrough for Shreveport/Bossier City and the start of numerous 100+ sale years to follow.

Guaranteed Sale

In an effort to create accountability and provide additional alternatives for sellers needing to sell their home, Chris introduces his Guaranteed Sold program which ensures a sale.

A New KW Franchise

Keller Williams Realty sought Chris out to be a partner in opening a new real estate office the Shreveport/Bossier City. Keller Williams NWLA was awarded their franchise in November 2007.

A New Partnership

Keller Williams partners with List Hub to syndicate marketing of their listings to hundreds of sites allowing for increased reach and better marketing of their listings.

The Marriage

Chris and Dana, started as business partners. In 2009, Dana moved to Shreveport to become the CEO/Team Leader for KW NWLA. They married in July 2009!

A Brand New Location

Keller Williams NWLA became Shreveport/Bossier City’s largest real estate franchise and move into their new office building where they are currently located at 795 Brook Hollow Drive near the auto mall.

Silver Anniversary

In 2017, we celebrated our Silver Anniversary. Chris has been providing real estate services for a quarter of a century and serving Shreveport / Bossier City for over 20 years.

KW Cultural Ambassador

Chris is awarded one of Keller Williams Realty’s highest honors as Cultural Ambassador. Cultural Ambassadors are associates who are shining examples of giving, sharing, and helping to grow the KW culture.

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